Although originally male dominated and historically rooted
in military medic training in the mid to late 1960s, 71% of all PAs are now
women according to the American Academy of Physician Assistants(AAPA) 2013
survey. Other demographic data from the survey include an average age of
clinically practicing PAs of 37; ethnicity 88% White, 5% Hispanic, 3.8 % Asian
and 3% Black. 12% of PAs have some
military experience. 22% of PAs work in rural settings. Mean hours worked per
week is 41. The rank of PAs in clinical specialties include 32% primary care,
27% surgical subspecialties, 11% emergency medicine, 10% internal medicine subspecialties, 2%
pediatrics and 18% other specialties.
41% of PAs reported spending 10% or less time with their
supervising physician, and 71% reported spending 30% or less time with their
supervising physician. 86% of PAs use electronic medical records. To see or download the entire 2013 AAPA Data Survey
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2013 AAPA Data Survey